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Rising Sea Surface Temperature


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With rising temperatures, melting ice caps in the Arctic and record-setting melting rates of ice in the Antarctic Peninsula, NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) has added more data to the mounting list to global temperature changes: the rising sea surface temperature (SST).

NEFSC reports that the temperature at the sea surface of the Northeast Continental Shelf reached the highest level in more than a century, last year. Scientists used both long-term observational and short-term remote sensing time series. According to the publication, the sea surface temperature in the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem reached a record-setting 14 degree Celsius in 2012, which is the highest since 1951.

“It isn’t always easy to understand the big picture when you are looking at one specific part of it at one specific point in time,“ Michael Fogarty, head of the Ecosystem Assessment Program, said. “We now have information on the ecosystem from a variety of sources collected over a long period of time, and are adding more data to clarify specific details. The data clearly show a relationship between all of these factors.

Read the full ecosystem advisory